Posted: Oct 24, 2012 3:30 PM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - More than three-quarters of the organizations seeking to participate in Louisiana's new "Course Choice" program have made it through the first round of the application process.
Superintendent of Education John White announced Wednesday that 72 possible course providers are advancing to the interview round. Twenty-two didn't make the cut.
The program is designed to offer students new academic courses, skills training and work-based apprenticeships they can't receive in their public school classrooms. The expanded course choices will begin in the 2013-14 school year.
Applications have come from contracting groups, online course providers and colleges seeking state tax dollars to teach students.
White says the next round of vetting involves a background check, interviews and reviews of the history of the organizations seeking to teach Louisiana students through the program.